My name is Joey. At 20 years old, I am ready to graduate from Charleston Southern University, far from my midwestern hometown. I am majoring in Student Ministry, with minors in Sociology and Christian Missions and Church Planting, with the intent to work with 12 to 19 year olds in the mission field. The nation of Swaziland has stolen my heart, but I will follow wherever the Lord leads.
A little girl on my maiden voyage to Africa taught me an important lesson. She is this blog’s namesake, Khetokuhle (Kay-toh-guthleh, which is difficult. we have nicknamed her Kheto)–a name that translates literally to ‘choose beauty.’ This little girl is a double orphan, meaning she has lost both her parents and grandparents to AIDS, and is likely HIV positive herself. Despite being impoverished, sick and alone in the world, she has a light and a zeal for life of which I am envious. I am a college student stuck in a materialistic world, when all my heart desires is to return to the African bush. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disorder that causes spinal abnormalities and degeneration.
I write, because life is not easy. I write, not to complain, but to find beauty in my own struggle, heartache, and day-to-day operations.
I write, because maybe, just maybe, others will learn to choose beauty.